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Posts from ‘August, 2015’

Family fun


Our whole family was able to be together for a few days during July. We were able to fit in quite a few fun activities during that time.

My birthday is in early July and the girls prepared a special brunch for me.

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My sister and her husband have moved to the area recently and they invited our family to join theirs for a cookout one evening. Not all the kids were able to be there but we enjoyed our time with those who were able to come.

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Another night we had a great time with a water balloon fight. Have you seen the water balloons that come in a cluster and can be filled with a hose? I bought a package of them at the drugstore and we had lots of fun pelting each other on a hot July evening.

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We also celebrated Avery's second birthday in July. She got a lot of nice gifts including a play kitchen and lots of kitchen accessories and play food. I hope to begin teaching her some basic cooking skills in the fall. 🙂

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It's always difficult to get everyone together for a family photo shoot but our neighbor Mary helped out and we were able to get one. She took quite a few shots, but this was actually the first one she took.

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We are thankful for all the opportunities the Lord gave us this summer to spend time with these precious children and their parents.


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Hamming it up


Lately when I bake a ham I freeze most of the leftovers. I usually freeze one or two packages of cubed ham for in a casserole such as scalloped potatoes and ham or an egg casserole and then chop the rest in the food processor and freeze it for these Ham Balls in Barbecue Sauce.

A few weeks ago I ran across a ham salad recipe that was attributed to Paula Deen and decided to try it with some of the chopped ham from the freezer. I made it again this week and thought I would share it here to give you another idea for leftover ham and for a good lunch idea.

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Here is my adaptation of Paula's recipe:

A Take on Paula Deen's Ham Salad

2 cups cooked ham, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
3 Tbsps. onion, finely minced
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 hard cooked egg, finely chopped
2 Tbsps. pickle relish
about 1/2 cup mayonnaise (enough to moisten the mixture)

Combine all ingredients, chill, and serve.

Enjoy!


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